This paper will focus on three key issues in the management of museum
intellectual property through contract law or copyright, emphasizing
the need to understand users as a key to effective access:
1) the paper will present a general overview of the state of the
law as it pertains to museum intellectual property comparing the US,
Canada and European Union. The purpose of this discussion will be
to assist museum administrators in identifying their intellectual
property. Specific attention will be given to digital images and "collections
of museum information" - ie. Databases.
2) once museum administrators have determined what intellectual
property may be available, their next step must be to identify their
users and the uses requested. The paper will focus on educational
users for non-profit and for profit use and commercial users for profit
use. The discussion will focus on various exceptions and defences,
such as fair use and fair dealing available in the US, Canada and
the European Union that allow users to access museum intellectual
property without prior authorization.
3) mechanisms or vehicles to facilitate reasonable access to museum
intellectual property will be explored. Copyright provisions may not
provide sufficient protection in our current legal environment for
certain types of intellectual property.
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